Hospital for Sick Children, The
SickKids employees in the common space in the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning building

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Hospital for Sick Children, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • SickKids invests in ongoing training and development for its personnel and reaches out to the wider community, hosting numerous conferences and information sessions to share expertise as broadly as possible and maintains the impressive "Herbie Fund" program whereby surgeons volunteer their time and expertise to treat children from around the world
  • SickKids is committed to creating a healthy work environment through it's wellness program which includes weekly massage therapy for clinical staff, walking and running clubs, monthly lunch and learn wellness seminars and subsidized access to the hospital's 2,400 square-foot staff wellness centre, which features a fitness studio, cardio and weight equipment and a number of fitness classes such as bootcamp, pilates and yoga
  • SickKids helps employees plan for the future with pension and retirement sessions throughout the year and offers an online pension centre to provide employees with a convenient user experience -- also keeps retirees connected through the Quarter Century Association
SickKids employees at the Hospital's annual service recognition tea event

Employer Background

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,487
Part-time employees in Canada 680
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 22.74%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.69
Longest serving employee 56.49 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the hospital's downtown campus consists of several interconnected buildings, SickKids' newest building is the LEED Gold certified Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning that features multiple atriums with floor to ceiling windows, comfortable couches and kitchens, multiple atriums and floor-to-ceiling windows, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, food court area with Subway, Sushi Express, Pastabilities, Soup it UP, 24-hour Starbucks and Tim Horton's coffee shops, year-round Fresh and Delicious farmers' market featuring locally sourced food and beauty products
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, spinning), weights, shower facilities, walking and running clubs, nutritional training, wellness seminars, weekly massages for clinical unit employees
Other nearby amenities onsite 2,400 square-foot Wellness Centre, fitness club, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events staff barbecue, holiday dinner, scientific retreat for Research Institute staff, long service recognition celebrations, holiday dinners for employees who are scheduled to work on observed religious holidays
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Open Forum that encourages employees to ask questions and hear directly from the leadership team, an online Wikidea tool to capture new idea feedback

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note SickKids has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 18 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information mental health strategy, to help maintain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace
Family-friendly benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information depending on employee group, some employees receive maternity and parental leave top-up of 93% of salary for up to 27 weeks and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents of 93% of salary for up to 12 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note SickKids has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months
Additional time-off information depending on their grouping, employees receive 2 to 4 weeks of paid vacation to start

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), employees have access to the WorkPerks program that provides discounts on a variety of goods and service
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Research Training Centre, knowledge exchange forum, KidTALKs (live discussions facilitated by SickKids experts), Career Night for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates to meet and network

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 6 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Canadian Blood Services SickKids Foundation, Canada Post (Santa letter writing initiative)
Community highlight SickKids' charitable focus includes paediatric health, research and education and supporting the local community. Through the SickKids Foundation, employees volunteer with numerous events and initiatives throughout the year, from special summer camp programs, family picnics and charitable fundraising events such as Megan's Walk and Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure fundraisers. The hospital also maintains a strong charitable focus on extending its expertise to help people with little access to healthcare services through programs such as the Herbie Fund (surgeons volunteer their time and expertise to treat children from around the world) and the Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Program (which has helped educate over 200 nurses thus far, working towards a goal of 1,500 by the end of 2025).

The Career Directory

Hospital for Sick Children, The has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
SickKids' nursing staff pose in the hospital's atrium

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,487
Part-time employees in Canada 680
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Typical new grad positions Assistant Research Technologist, Clinical Research Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Analyst, Human Resources Associate, Information Technology Trainee, Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Technician, Orthopaedic Technician, Patient Information Clerk, Pharmacy Technician, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant, Registration Clerk
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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